12 Nov 2005
Happy birthday to the wizard of Oz
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
[Times Online, 11 November 2005]
He's been wielding a baton for half a century. Richard Morrison salutes Sir Charles Mackerras
Nobody would have expected anything else. On his 80th birthday, on Thursday, Sir Charles Mackerras will be doing what he has done supremely well for six decades. Conducting something. As it happens, it will be Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at Covent Garden, where he first waved his baton 50 years ago. But if it hadn’t been that, it would have been Janácek in New York, or Mozart in Berlin. “My wife says I’m only happy standing in front of an orchestra,” he says. “It’s a bit of an exaggeration. But I don’t know how much longer I’ve got.”